Legal change: Abused woman who kill could escape murder

Victims of domestic abuse will be able to use the defence of "fear of serious violence" against a murder charge, if they can demonstrate a "slow burn" of abuse.

It would see them face a charge of manslaughter instead.

The Coroners and Justice Bill will also propose scrapping the current defence of provocation for all but the most extreme cases.

It means a man who kills his wife after discovering she was unfaithful - a so-called crime of passion - will no longer have the defence of provocation...


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